Atlanta-based industrial designer Chris Hardy, who made his design debut at Salone del Mobile in 2011, created the sculptural Helix Coffee Table for Design Within Reach. He gave it an odd number of legs and positioned the brass castings to radiate out from the centre leg, imbuing the design with greater depth and a distinctive asymmetrical form that looks different from every angle.
Hardy's choice of materials - hand-finished cast brass and walnut - give the design a comforting feel and fills a void in the market for occasional tables that reflect a casual modern environment. "In my design work, I aim to develop pieces that can be connected with on an emotional level," says Hardy. "For Helix, I was inspired by the challenge of personalisation in the modern world and the increasing desire that we have to own objects that match our own styles and philosophies - in the way that art does."
The cast brass has a natural finish that's soft and not highly polished. Thick and durable, the annealed glass table top is slowly cooled in a kiln to relieve internal stresses after it's formed. Levelling glides adjust for uneven floors. "I wanted to create something that was both sculptural and elegant," said Mr Hardy, "with a slightly asymmetrical movement to provide an interesting detail. I worked closely with DWR developing a product with complete respect for the consumer and passion for design."
The Helix Coffee Table is also available in Round (H 15.75" Diameter 35") and Oval (H15.75" W 53" D 35").